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Helping local children develop healthy habits

A WARRANE children’s centre has earned a Move Well Eat Well Award for making healthy habits “the norm” for children in its care.

Cambridge Road Play and Learn Centre director Jackie Hughes said achieving the award had been the result of a sustained joint effort by centre staff, children and their families.

“The real winners out of this are the children of our service,” she said.

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said she was pleased to congratulate the Cambridge Road Play and Learn Centre for helping set its young children on the path to long-term health and wellbeing.

“Healthy eating and physical activity are not always the easiest choices but they help to prevent a range of serious illnesses, such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease,” she said.

“The centre’s staff and management have enthusiastically adopted the Move Well Eat Well Early Childhood program and made national dietary guidelines and physical activity recommendations a part of their routine.”

The Move Well Eat Well Early Childhood program provides staff training, family information sessions, advice and links to local community resources.

All participating services receive a full menu review from Public Health Services dietitians to ensure food and drinks supplied or recommended meet Australian Dietary Guidelines.

“Tasmania now boasts more than 300 Move Well Eat Well early childhood services and primary schools,” Ms Petrusma said.

For more information about Move Well Eat Well visit www.movewelleatwell.tas.gov.au